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Gladstone's Land, Edinburgh

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  • There are a number of small museums on or near the Royal Mile, but I thought Gladstone's Land was the best. The tour takes about an hour and you need to reserve in advance because they fill up quickly...  more »
  • Yes, it is best to call and reserve a spot in advance. Yes, the pained ceiling is incredible. Unfortunately, I thought it was a long, drawn out tour when really half the time would be enough. You see ...  more »
  • A really good tour of this 500-year old building; the building is looked after by the Scottish National Trust (free entry to National Trust members). The tour starts on the ground floor in what is now...  more »
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  • Claimed to be oldest building in royal mile. A view into the daily life of 16-18th century residents of Edinburgh. Admission fees of £7 applies.
  • Stuning place. Recomdable and interesting. Must see
  • First of~ looked more like a castle than a market. As a tourist attraction definitely gets a plus
  • You can visit this property by guided tour only. There were two large live owls outside when I visited - very popular with tourists - and a considerable amount of owl-related merchandise in the shop. I asked what the connection was and was told the Trust likes to partner with the organisation which owns the owls to support traditional skills. I had recently been shown the owl holes in various building in the NTS village at Culross. Barn owls (which don't hunt noisily through the night) were kept against mice and rats. After the meeting point downstairs you visit the hall upstairs, the kitchen, the painted room and what is now called the Georgian room. The room are styled to represent different periods in the house's history although the objects are not, as I understood it, original to this particular property. The second floor now houses an education centre for schools, the third floor is or was until recently rented out and these also have painted ceilings. The top floors house three holiday let apartments owned by the National Trust. Our guide was the fascinatingly-accented Tam. The tour was partly about this particular house and the function of some of the objects in the house from the past but we also learned about the Darien scheme, why the Norloch smelt for five miles around, and the origins of words like earmark, curfew, the name Gladstone, 'burning the candle at both ends', caddy, sleep tight, 'saving face', quack and the Scottish word "piece" . We also learnt about the religious symbolism of the flowers and fruit in the painted ceiling and heard about the moral symbolism for virtue and vice in, among others, the monkeys, pigeons, hawks on the painted ceilings of the floors above. I think the tour was interesting for children and adults. Parking is free in Edinburgh on Sundays but finding a free spot in the centre can be tricky and you always sit in traffic. Next time I would try to remember I prefer to park on the edge of the centre and walk in. I have often parked in e.g. permit holder 4 zones, loading bays and on single yellow lines on Sundays. The gift shop struck me as one of the Trust's higher end shops. In particular there are some lovely throws and blankets here. Buying your gifts here will support the work of this excellent charity.
  • Staggering that this has survived 400 years. Again the guides know what's going on and happy to talk. Wonder if my house will be open to the public in another 400 years time !

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